Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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Wild card stuff:  The Angels won while the Athletics lost.  The Brewers, Dodgers and Phillies all won while St. Louis lost.  Things are … tightening.

In division races, the Giants reduced their magic number to two, meaning that they could clinch the NL West tonight. The Yankees win, but so too do the Orioles, leaving New York up by one. The White Sox lost a half game to the Tigers even though Detroit got rained out (Robin Ventura: “we just got our rear ends kicked”). The Rangers and A’s both lost, leaving Texas up by four.

The box scores:

Mariners 6, Rangers 3
Giants 5, Padres 1
Angels 6, White Sox 2
Diamondbacks 15, Rockies 5
Astros 7, Pirates 1
Royals 6, Indians 3
Brewers 4, Nationals 2
Yankees 2, Athletics 1
Orioles 4, Red Sox 2
Rays 12, Blue Jays 1
Mets 7, Marlins 3
Cubs 5, Cardinals 4
Phillies 6, Braves 2
Dodgers 3, Reds 1
Twins vs. Tigers: POSTPONED

Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.

Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”

Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.

Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.